Choral Evensong

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7:30am Morning Prayer
8:00am Eucharist
8:30am Doors open for sightseeing
12:30pm Eucharist
4:00pm Last entry for sightseeing
5:00pm Choral Evensong

Choral Evensong

Choral Evensong is one of the most-loved services at St Paul's, usually sung by the Cathedral Choir.

Monday - Saturday 5 - 5.45pm
Sunday  3.15 - 4pm

This is the one Cathedral service which is led almost entirely by music, with the Choir singing preces and responses, the psalm for that evening, the Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis of the Canticles and also an anthem.

The Magnificat (My soul doth magnify the Lord) is a celebratory and revolutionary text spoken by the Virgin Mary to her cousin Elizabeth. The Nunc Dimittis (Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace), is the old man Simeon's song of fulfilment on seeing the baby Jesus in the Temple and recognising him as the Messiah. It is also a prayer for our peace and protection.

Readings from the Old and New Testaments are led by the Canon in Residence and the prayers are led by a Minor Canon. On Sundays a sermon is also preached.

Choral Evensong takes place in the stalls of the quire, towards the high altar, a space which allows the music to resonate perfectly and foster a sense of calm. As there are usually more people than can be accommodated in the quire, some also sit in the seats under the dome.

Many people are regulars at Choral Evensong and for many tourists it is a service they come especially to take part in.

When the Cathedral Choir is on holiday, many visiting choirs from around the world sing Evensong in their place. When there is no choir, usually on a Monday, Evening Prayer is said in its place.

All are very welcome to attend.